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Oklahoma ABLE Tech is putting the teams throughout the year at regional finishing touches on training plans for trainings and webinars. ABLE Tech’s the 2014-15 school year. ABLE Tech training and resources will provide partners with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to provide an assistive technology (AT) and information services program to school districts and families of students with disabilities.
AT Support Teams can look forward to exciting training opportunities this year! ABLE Tech is pleased to bring to Oklahoma another nationally recognized AT leader and special education consultant to help support teams throughout the year at regional trainings and webinars. ABLE Tech's training and resources will provide teams with confidence for the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and consideration of AT processes.
ABLE Tech is proud to partner with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to provide training and technical assistance to agencies that are part of Oklahoma’s Workforce System. Together with DRS, ABLE Tech will help the Workforce System partners as they develop and implement a statewide, regional certification program.
ABLE Tech’s training and technical assistance will focus on accessibility in the Workforce System, including both physical and information technology accessibility. We are very excited that accessibility is one of three tracks that Workforce System regions must complete in order to receive certification. This systematic approach, with an emphasis on accessibility for individuals with disabilities, creates a fantastic opportunity to improve employment outcomes throughout the state. Oklahoma still has an employment gap between individuals with disabilities and individuals without disabilities, and we look forward to helping close that gap by contributing to this initiative.
This Creek County resident who has multiple sclerosis and is also hard of hearing, recently took advantage of several programs and services offered at Oklahoma ABLE Tech. Through the device demonstration and short-term loan program, he was able to try specialized software for his computer, which gave him the ability to access the internet on his own.
Next, he was able to affordably purchase a modified vehicle with a bank loan from ABLE Tech. The technology has increased his mobility, happiness, and satisfaction. Finally, through the fire safety program, he and his family applied to have free smoke alarms and alert devices installed in their home.
3rd Quarter: Canadian County Team
The SoonerStart team will receive new assistive technology to include in their county kits. Children, aged birth to three years, and their families will be able to receive demonstrations of the new AT items. These services help families determine appropriate accommodations for children and decide whether or not a piece of AT will be needed. Congratulations, Canadian County!
This 10 month old receives therapy services from the Canadian County SoonerStart team. The team worked with her family to find floor seating that could accommodate her tight hamstrings and help her learn to lift her arms and head.
The team combined a bath seat, a bench, and a wedge to create a seating system. She is now able to sit and play while working to strengthen her muscles.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech bank loans help individuals with disabilities obtain needed assistive technology devices and services to help them live, work, and learn independently. Loans can be used to purchase items like: communication devices, hearing aids, home modifications, medical devices, vision devices, modified vehicles, computer software, and more.
Based on typical loan amounts provided through ABLE Tech’s loan program, we have put together an example of how affordable monthly payments can be for an applicant over 3-5 years.
ABLE Tech bank loans also feature no application fee, no down payment, and no prepayment penalty.
For financial resources and to download your application, visit us online at http://okabletech.okstate.edu or call 888.885.5588.
Example of a 5% Secured Loan: The example below shows what the estimated monthly payments would be on a loan repayment of 3-5 years.
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Oklahoma ABLE Tech and its partners operate assistive technology device demonstration and short-term loan programs to increase access to assistive technology. Inventory is available and searchable online, and individuals may borrow devices for up to six weeks at no cost. http://oec.okstate.edu/loan
SEARCH OUR ONLINE INVENTORY!! Over 2,000 Devices Available
July 26, 1990 – July 26, 2014
Celebrations of the July 26, 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George H. Bush will take place across the nation during the week of July 21-27, 2014.
The ADA and ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.
Visit our website at http://okabletech.okstate.edu/ADA to learn more about the ADA and its history, anniversary events, trainings, and publications.
The Oklahoma Equipment Exchange is a FREE program to help Oklahomans with disabilities acquire affordable equipment. To donate, sell, or locate equipment, visit our website or call us at 888.885.5588. http://oec.okstate.edu
In Oklahoma City, you may contact the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program at 405.523.4810 for FREE mobility equipment such as canes, scooters, and hospital beds. Donations are needed for the following bariatric equipment: wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, and rollator walkers.
Here is a quick preview of items you can find online at the exchange!
Item Description and Asking Price
Assistive Device Highlight
Question: What is the Liftware Stabilizer Spoon?
Answer: The Liftware system is designed for individuals whose hand tremors interfere with activities of daily living (ADLs). Typically, these hand tremors are caused by a medical condition such as essential tremor or parkinson’s disease.
Check out user testimonials at: www.liftlabsdesign.com
The device is available through Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s free short-term device loan program. To request this device, visit us online at: http://oec.okstate.edu/loan.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing or know of someone who is - you may qualify for FREE smoke alarms and alert devices with home installation.
The specialized equipment features a bed shaker, a loud low frequency bedside alert signal, and in some homes, a strobe light to waken and alert individuals of a fire.
Apply today! Call 888.885.5588 or visit us online at: http://okabletech.okstate.edu/Fire_Safety.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech partners with NewView Oklahoma to provide a device demonstration and short-term loan program to Oklahomans with visual impairments.
NewView recently opened a new low vision center at 5986 S. Yale in Tulsa. Call 855.811.9699 for an appointment today!
OSU Department of Wellness
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
Ph: 405.744.9748 or 888.885.5588 (V/TTY)
Kent Bunker, Director OSU Department of Wellness
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
This publication is available in alternative formats; please call 800.257.1705 (V/TTY) for more information. The Oklahoma State University Department of Wellness is the lead agency for Oklahoma ABLE Tech. The program is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) of the U.S. Department of Education. Grant #H224A130036. This publication does not necessarily reflect the position of the policy of RSA/ED, and no official endorsement of the material should be inferred.